Sometimes, technology is over-rated. For instance, I remember watching the DVD of Lawrence of Arabia a while back, and a comment was made that this film could never be made today - because they NEVER would go to the desert, and sweep out all the footprints on each take. They'd use CGI and somehow, someway, it wouldn't look "right."
Well, here's more proof that the old-fashioned way sometimes flat out rocks. It's a collection of photos of U.S. solidiers from the early part of the last century, making shapes with their bodies and having the photos taken from an aerial view. Here's the Statue of Liberty:
From the photo album:
Englishman Arthur S Mole and his American colleague John D Thomas took these incredible pictures of thousands of soldiers forming icons of American history. Arthur's great nephew Joseph Mole, 70, says: "In the picture of the Statue of Liberty there are 18,000 men: 12,000 of them in the torch alone, but just 17 at the base. The men at the top of the picture are actually half a mile away from the men at the bottom."
Yeah, that's dope.
Check out the rest of this series and more great photos here, at Telegraph Picture Galleries.